Mid Summer Bounty – Oil Painting


Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches     See Pricing

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In between running around to plein air festivals all summer, I did actually get a chance to do a few oil paintings near home.

This scene caught my eye because the landscape seemed to be opening up to a faraway land. The clumps of trees formed a gateway that was begging to be walked through. I also liked the challenge of trying to capture a quickly moving sky while painting out doors. I found it very difficult to include enough information to make the clouds appear real. After a couple of attempts that I wiped down, I realized that I only had to put down a small amount sky detail to allow the viewers eye to fill in the rest…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

Monroe Community College Visiting Artist and New WSG Exhibition

I am so honored to be the Visiting Artist at Monroe Community College from Oct. 23-Nov 21! My friend from my former life in advertising, David Hile, is a professor there and set up this wonderful opportunity. Thirty of my watercolor, pastel and oil paintings of Italy will hang in the Campbell Library. I’ll teach a couple of painting classes to the students there and also give a lecture, “Painting Italy,” on Oct. 24 from 5:30-6:30. I’d love to see you there!

Its also time for a fresh show at WSG Gallery on Main Street in Ann Arbor. Stop by this Friday night 7-9pm for our opening reception with 25 artists showing new work! I’ll be exhibiting some of my plein air paintings from Michigan and the MidWest. Stop by!

Kekionga Paint Out 2


“Flying the Flag Too” Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     6 x 8 inches        See Pricing

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For the second day of the Kekionga Paint Out, I decided to paint in Fort Wayne proper. I did a quick little painting of an old mansion festooned with flags in the toney part of town and then went searching for a cool alley to paint.

The lady who owned the house next door to the scene below was totally flummoxed. She could not believe an artist wanted to capture her “crummy” little alley. She came out to look at my painting, then looked at the alley and smiled. I find such joy in showing people the beauty that they take for granted in their every day lives. At the festival, the painting sold to a young woman who knew a friend of mine in Ann Arbor. I also met her father who is the president of the Indiana Plein Air Society and her mother who is on the board of an art gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Later a man came by and told me the red truck was his and he lived in the white carriage house. The connections I make on the plein air circuit are truly amazing!


“College Street Alley” Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     10 x 8 inches    SOLD     
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

Kekionga Paint Out


“Amish Country Creek” Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     14 x 11 inches        See Pricing

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3 Days after Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival ended, I was on the road to Fort Wayne, Indiana to participate in the brand new Kekionga Paint Out. I arrived a day early to check out the countryside and fell in love with the Amish Country right outside of the city filled with beautiful farms and fields, as well as horses and cattle. I painted the piece above early in the morning near an old farmhouse. The whole family came out every so often to see how I was progressing.

Later that morning I painted a time-worn barn with horses wandering around. While I was working a beautiful buggy stopped and 2 older women in traditional Amish dress told me that their friend Anna Mae owned the barn. I decided then and there to title the painting after her. The excited ladies pulled out their CELL PHONES to let their friend know!


“Anna Mae’s Barn” Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches        See Pricing
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

Painting Around Ann Arbor

“Ann Arbor Skyline” Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches     See Pricing
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On a quiet Sunday after the football hordes had left Ann Arbor, I headed downtown to the parking lot near University of Michigan Stadium. No one was there and I could paint one of the best views of the city in solitude.

Then I traveled just a few blocks down Main Street to paint a funky BBQ place that my husband and I love. I’ve been wanting to capture this place for a year or so. The owner came out, liked it and ending up buying this piece!


“BBQ” Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches   SOLD    

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A few years ago I purchased some pads of Arches Huile paper from Canson after I saw other plein air artists using it as a substrate for plein air paintings. I’ve used it a few times now and am really starting to like it! The texture is a little like watercolor paper and rougher than the linen panels I usually use.  Canson says the paper is semi-absorbent but it does seem to seem to suck up a bit of the paint on the first layer. Since I like to put down a thinly painted block-in with Transparent Red Oxide first, its not a problem. When I’m happy with the composition, I go forward with a thicker application of color. It accepts that second coat very well, with the colors staying true. And it seems to dry faster. I used this paper, taped onto a backing board, for both of these pieces. I get a real kick out of pulling the tape off when the painting is dry to the touch, and seeing the nice clean border edges.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

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